Newsletter - Carolina Clay Guild   by Molly Lithgo by Charlie Tefft by Susan O'Leary by Rachel Reed
July/August 2003 

In this edition:
President's Message
Meetings / Programs
News and Announcements
Special Thanks
For Sale
Tips and Recipes
First Thursdays
Holiday Sale
John Calver Workshop
Kathy Triplett Workshop
Minutes - June 14, 2003
Guild Officers 
for 2003-2004

Molly Lithgo

Patricia Harden

George Hayes

Marcy Maury

President’s Message

The Guild has had a busy late Spring/early Summer season. As many of you realize, this issue of the newsletter is a couple of weeks behind schedule. Because a major goal is to post the newsletter online, it was agreed that a late newsletter was preferable to waiting until the Sept/Oct issue for this online accessibility.

Please note that the Guild now has a central mailing address for all correspondence: PO Box 5656, Greensboro, NC 27435. All mail received will be directed to the appropriate recipient. One of our members expressed concern that this PO Box was ultimately inconvenient and a waste of money. However, Guild officers serve from 2 to 4 years. This PO Box maintains a permanent address for the Guild as these officers change throughout the years. As a professional organization, a permanent address presents a professional image to the local and national pottery community. For members and nonmembers who are interested in our Guild activities, one address for all correspondence facilitates ease of communication. 

Perhaps our most exciting news is the Guild Website! If you have not already done so, please take time to view the site: www.carolinaclayguild.com. Please direct any Guild information or inquiries to the Guild email: contact@carolinaclayguild.com.  A local web designer, Melody Watson, developed and will continue to maintain the site. The central email address for all Guild business eliminates any confusion regarding who or where to send information or questions. Melody will forward those emails not designated for the website to the appropriate Guild member. 

As many of you are aware and have experienced, the email process of sending our bi-monthly newsletter has had major glitches. Now, beginning with this issue, the newsletter will be posted online. Obtaining the newsletter this way is quick and easy, with the option of printing the newsletter text from the site. Those members, who wish to continue receiving a hard copy via US mail, may continue to do so. Please let us know via email: contact@carolinaclayguild.com, or by phone: 336-275-1202, or by US mail: PO Box 5656, Greensboro, NC 27435 if you wish to continue receiving a hard copy of the newsletter via US mail. Otherwise the board will assume that you will read the newsletter online.

Please contribute to your Guild website. Melody is looking for several pieces of information from members:

  • Any contact information you wish to be listed in the web member directory
  • Visuals to place on the site, which will be rotated periodically
  • Information regarding links you think are good to include on the site
 Look for details on the website or by contacting the Guild directly.

The Carolina Clay Guild continues to grow and develop. What do you want from the Guild? Our potential is infinite. Use your Guild for the education, camaraderie and information that you need.

Happy potting! – Molly

Remaining 2003 Meetings:

Aug. 9 – program: Winston-Salem accountant, Joe Stewart, will discuss going non-profit
Oct. 11 – program: Coy Quackenbush will demonstrate his pottery techniques (Coy had to cancel the June 14 demonstration) 
Dec. 13 – program: Charlie Tefft will discuss glazing and glaze calculation

All meetings are held at David Cole’s Studio, 4541 Peeples Rd., Oak Ridge, NC (336-668- 2192). Click for map.

Member News & Announcements
  • Our condolences to Latonna & Gene Arnold for the recent loss of Latonna’s Mother and Brother.
  • Anyone wishing to contribute to the NC Pottery Center brick purchased in memory of Sara Mills may still do so. 
  • The Guild is also accepting donations for the Guild brick purchased at the Pottery Center.

Special Thanks to:
  • David Cole for re-touching our Guild logo
  • Brandon Askew for donating his time and skills creating our Guild banner to use at exhibitions and sales
  • Sonya Askew for courier services
  • Web committee: Judy Cannon, David Cole, Susan O’Leary, and webmaster, Melody Watson
  • Marcy Maury for creating the Kathy Triplett reception postcards


Gas Kiln materials, approximately 20-cubit ft., 4 burners (1 needs work), arch, metal frame, and most bricks (both hard and soft). Call Anne Timberlake 336-623-8338 or 336- 349-3045.

Small House in Greensboro (1374 sq. ft.) with backyard studio (400 sq. ft.) $110,000.00 FIRM. 
Call Charlie Tefft, 336-286-2581.


George Hayes contributed this beautiful glaze:

Mossy Green (Satin Matte) cone 5-6 OX
 Lithium Carbonate 1%
Strontium Carbonate 20%
Neph. Syenite 60%
OM-4 Ball 10%
Silica 9%
Copper Carbonate 5%
Titanium Dioxide 5%

  • Apply fairly thickly
  • Does not run
  • Great on light or white clay
  • Does ok on earthen red if applied thickly
Judy Merrill’s muffin contribution was a smashing hit at the Kathy Triplett reception on Friday night, July 11, 2003. Here is the recipe to enjoy before or after glazing!

Pecan Pie Muffins
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup packed brown sugar
½ cup all purpose flour
2 large eggs
¼ cup butter, melted

1. Combine the pecans, sugar and flour in a large bowl. Make a well in the center.
2. Put eggs in another bowl and beat until foamy. Stir together eggs and melted butter.
3. Add to dry ingredients and mix until moistened.
4. Spray muffin pan and fill 2/3 full.
5. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes.
6. Remove from pan immediately and cool on wire rack.
Makes 9 muffins.

First Thursdays With the Arts

On May 1 and the first Thursday of each subsequent month, 13 Greensboro-area galleries will open from 6-9 pm to build awareness of local art and to make visiting more convenient. Participating Galleries: Three Points Gallery, The Marshall Gallery, Greensboro Artists League, Green Hill Center for North Carolina Art, Davis Design, New Dawning Playhouse, TwoArtChicks, Eastern Standard Gallery, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Feather Your Nest, 2Sisters Gallery, Living Tree Pottery, Tyler White Art Gallery. Admission is free, fliers are available at participating Galleries, and visitors may enjoy snacks, live music and meeting some local artists.

Member News

July 17-August 10: Pottery Show at the Marshall Gallery – Organized by Living Tree Pottery, this show will feature a variety of works in clay by Lisa Skeen, Billie Mitchell, Leanne Pizio, Charlie and Linda Riggs, Joanne Andrews, and Mark Issenberg. Opening reception was Thursday July 17, 2003. The Marshall Gallery is located at 430 N. Eugene Street in Greensboro. themarshallgallery@msn.com, or phone 336-272-4700.

Carolina Clay Guild Sponsored Events

Carolina Clay Guild Holiday Pottery Show/Sale

Dates: December 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th

Location: TwoArtChicks, 609 South Elm St., Greensboro, N.C. 27406, (336)273-9885

Fees: Small participation fee for gallery space and advertising (amount dependent on number of participants), + 15% of sales (10% to 2AC/5% to Guild)

Other Information

  • show will be highly advertised
  • food will be provided by the gallery on Thurs. & Fri. evenings (1st Thurs. & Festival of Lights Weekend)
  • music will be provided by the gallery on Fri. evening
  • tables available from the gallery (10 of them 6" and 5 others that are 4")
  • displays provided by Carolina Clay Guild committee: George & Pat Hayes, Dottie Tally, Sally Hayes, Sonya Askew, Mary Griffn.
Reserve your spot by October 1st: email or call Rachel Reed: clayconcepts@triad.rr.com or 336-687-0680.
Space may be limited!


You may now contact the Guild in any of the following ways, for any of the workshops listed below:

[E-mail: contact@carolinaclayguild.com, PO Box 5656, Greensboro, NC 27435, phone: 336-275-1202]

SUSAN FILLEY will present a 2-day demonstration at Rockingham Community College on Saturday November 8 and Sunday November 9, 2003, 9:00AM – 5:00 PM each day.

Susan will demonstrate her various forms using Coleman Porcelain. Cost is $75.00 for members and $100.00 for nonmembers. Saturday lunch will be potluck, provided by participants (Guild will supply drinks). Sunday lunch will be provided by the Guild. 

NICK JOERLING will present a 2-day demonstration of his work at Rockingham Community College on Saturday March 13 and Sunday March 14, 2004, 9:00 AM – 5:00PM each day. Cost is $75.00 for members and $100.00 for nonmembers.

UK ceramic artist, JOHN CALVER, will return October 4 – 8, 2004, to Rockingham Community College for a 5-day hands-on workshop. Participants will throw various forms, glaze, and fire during this week, with a kiln opening on the 10th or 11th. Cost is $200.00 for members and $250.00 for nonmembers. High-fire clay for the firing will be an additional cost. Lunches are not included. More information will follow regarding this exciting week! 

John Calver Workshop
June 28-29, 2003
View Photos Here

What a great workshop!  John Calver generously shared his vast knowledge of pottery – from wedging to his labor-intensive glazing process.  Nineteen people attended the two-day workshop at Rockingham Community College.  Thanks to Steve Cannon we had a huge pile of sandwiches from the Lox, Stock and Bagel on Saturday, and Sunday we tried something new: a field trip for lunch at Thom-Tom’s Pizza – a nice break in the day to get out of the studio.

John is from northwest England – the lake district – and his slide show included pictures of his home and studio (a nice size building behind his house) covered with ivy and flowers.  It looked like a fairy tale home nestled in green rolling hills.  He went to college to become a Civil Engineer and while a student took his first ceramics class – and fell in love with clay.  John finished his degree and worked for a couple of years in Engineering while simultaneously building kilns and experimenting with clay.  Then he launched his life long career in the ceramics business (think his parents were happy about it???). 

John buys commercial clays – for our workshop he asked us to get Cone 10 stoneware in white or off white with a little grog in it.  At home he buys premixed clay off the shelf – sometimes smooth clay and sometimes with a little grog.  Throwing forms gracefully, John described in detail the mechanics of how he thought through his forms and positioned his hands and fingers.  He fires in a reduction kiln that holds a huge amount of pottery – something like 35 cubic feet.  The kiln is run four times a year.  Between the throwing and the firing were the most complicated set of manipulations I have ever seen done!  All of his many techniques of altering and manipulating the clay he shared with us.  And as he explained "I am not worried about anyone copying my style and producing similar pieces – anyone willing to labor through all these steps is welcome to it!" 

John did a lot of work with iron oxide slips.  On several plates he brushed on the slip while the piece was still wet and then rested a metal tool in the center of the piece – pulling toward the edge (a bent piece of metal – like metal stripping) and allowed it to bounce off the rotating clay and create a most wonderful pattern of small geometric cuts in the clay – called "chattering".  He cut the rim into many elaborate designs – sometimes pulling the plate into a ‘square-like’ finished shape and other times with curves and points.  He used stamps and fabric to impress designs – sometimes producing a very subtle pattern on the finished piece.  Slab pieces that had been texturized were added to many pieces – for handles and feet.  One of the most impressive displays of pottery skills John did while talking about something else… have you every seen a perfectly uniform four foot handle pulled by hand?  One of those things that made me shake my head and scratch….

My favorite:  John threw a plate and with the metal rib laid a circular pattern from the center out – so that you could just see the edge of the cut in the wet clay.  Then he cut the piece off the wheel and skillfully threw the piece on a flat surface to stretch it – changing it from round – to distinctly oblong – but never touching the ‘edge’ created by the metal rib.  He turned the sides of the piece up, added a handle and some feet – to end up with a delightful small serving tray.  The amazing thing is that he uses up to 4 (and his web site says "6" ) thin layers of glaze – which brings out this pattern of circular cuts to be prominently featured in the finished piece.

If you have not had the pleasure of seeing John Calver’s exquisitely finished pieces – you have to get a hold of the Ceramics Monthly, December 2000 (featured on the cover).  Or there is a wonderful web site (www.studiopottery.co.uk) that hosts web pages for more than 130 potters in England (visit this site to get an idea of what our Clay Guild would like to do to promote your pottery!).  When you go to this site – be sure to look up John Calver’s work – but take the time to view a bunch of really talented potters (don’t do this during work hours unless your boss is out of the office – it is addictive!). 

And perhaps the best part of this two-day workshop is that we have talked John into coming back.  So put this in your 2004 calendar and "way too good to miss!".  Five days of hands on pottery with John Calver – October 2004.  Be there or be square!

Contributed by Marcy Maury

Kathy Triplett Workshop

The Carolina Clay Guild was fortunate to have Kathy Triplett, well known hand builder and the author of two books on pottery, for a one-day demonstration workshop on Saturday, July 12th.  The Preview party hosted by David Cole on Friday evening was a lot of fun and gave everyone attending a chance to meet Kathy and see some of her work.  The preview and workshop, both held at David's studio, were very well attended and everyone seemed to really enjoy Kathy.  She shared her expertise on tile making and gave information on hand building in general and glazing techniques she has used over the years.

Kathy is a warm, somewhat shy person with a wealth of information.  Even though she is petite & soft spoken, everyone listened in awe as she talked about her years of experience in clay and gave instruction to those of us still learning and eager to someday be as skilled a potter as she is.

The buzz was that everyone loved her and her work!  We all went home excited, with some new direction on how to channel our creativity.

Judy Cannon

Dear Carolina Clay Guild,

Thanks so much for your fine hospitality and for your organization in regards to my workshop. I enjoyed meeting everyone. Could you send me a address list of the participants please?  Thanks so much.

Kathy Triplett

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